Heading into the 2018 season there will be many well known coaches coaching at new schools. The 2017 college football offseason was a crazy one with many coaches leaving teams and schools signing big contracts with new coaches. Let’s get into some coaches heading into their first year as head coach at their respective school, their previous experience and how i believe they will do with their new team.
Kevin Sumlin, Arizona
Sumlin was the head coach of Texas A&M from 2012-17, won SEC coach of the year in 2012 and his overall record is 86-43. Sumlin has a bright future ahead of him at Arizona with Khalil Tate. Tate is a heisman candidate coming into the season and Sumlin will only boost his chances at the award since he has experience coaching a QB like Tate in Johnny Manziel.
Herm Edwards, Arizona State
This coach hire came as a surprise to some because Edwards has little to no experience in college. He was the defensive backs coach at San Jose St. from 1987-1989 which is his only college experience. He coached in the NFL for the remainder of his career having a 56-78 career record in the NFL which is below average. In my opinion Edwards will not be at Arizona State for a while due to underperforming as head coach.
Dan Mullen, Florida
Mullen is replacing an average coach in Jim McElwain (shark lover) and also returning to Florida where he previously was the offensive coordinator from 2005-2008. Mullen is coming from a SEC school in Mississippi St. where he coached from 2009-20017 and won SEC coach of the year in 2014. After a disappointing season last year Mullen looks to turn around the Gators program and make them the powerhouse they once were. I believe Mullen is fully capable of doing this and i think he will be a great coach for Florida.
Scott Frost, Nebraska
In my opinion this was the best coaching hire this offseason. Frost is coming off an undefeated season and a “national championship”. Frost played part of his college career at Nebraska and also was a Grad. Assistant at Nebraska in 2002. The past couple years Nebraska has underperformed as to what they used to be and i believe Frost has the ability to bring them back to the powerhouse they used to be.
Willie Taggart, Florida State
Taggart has some pretty big shoes to fill in Tallahassee in Jimbo Fisher. Granted Fisher did underperform last season (7-6) he still had a great career at Florida state winning the national championship in 2013. Taggart is coming off of one season at Oregon where he went 7-6. To be honest i don’t believe Taggart is a good coach for the Seminoles although they have the talent they still need the coaching so i don’t see that great of a season from Florida State this year.
Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M
Like i mentioned before Fisher is coming off a below average season but he has had much success in his past like winning the national championship in 2013 and winning the ACC 3 times (2012-2014). I believe Jimbo can bring this team back to what it once was and make it a serious contender in the SEC and possibly the national championship.
Chip Kelly, UCLA
Kelly is an overall great coach both in the NFL and in college. Kelly is also what some would call a quarterback whisperer having at least some success with pretty much all his quarterbacks like Nick Foles and Marcus Mariota. He will implement a great new offense in UCLA and make that program a serious contender in the PAC-12. Its too bad Kelly just missed out on coaching Josh Rosen that could have been something great to watch.
By Andrew Kalb